Zika Virus Prompts Florida Governor to Expand State of Emergency to 5th County

Friday, February 5, 2016
By Paul Martin

Feb 4, 2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott expanded the state of emergency to a fifth county today after the discovery of Zika virus cases there.

There are currently 12 people diagnosed with the Zika virus in Florida, up from nine people on Wednesday, Scott said during a news conference. The five counties under a state of emergency are Broward, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Lee and Santa Rosa.

All of those diagnosed were infected while out of the United States, in areas where transmission of the Zika virus is ongoing, Scott said.

“We can prepare for the worse and hope for the best,” Scott said. “We are going to do everything we can to stay ahead of the Zika virus.”

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